We constantly look for ways to predict and explain physical phenomena using mathematical models. But, every model that we build to mimic what is happening in the world is to an extent wrong; mainly due to simplifications and assumptions that we make in order to be able to solve the models. With the advancements in our computational capabilities, we can solve more complicated equations to model larger and more sophisticated systems. And, one of the fields that has benefited tremendously from modeling is biology. On the other hand, proteins are important building blocks in biological systems. Therefore, having knowledge of protein structures and functions is instrumental to understanding the mechanisms of action of the biological processes and diseases. Protein modeling has consequently become an integral part of biological research today. Here, you see how we are using these models to:
Misagh Naderi is a doctorate degree candidate in Biochemistry. After receiving a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering, due to his interest in biomedical research, Misagh joined a virology research lab in School of Veterinary Medicine at LSU in 2010 and later joined the Computational Systems Biology group in 2013. By applying protein modeling and computational techniques to the ongoing high quality research in biomedical and computer science here at LSU, Misagh has been a part of very successful collaborative teams. His PhD research includes drug development for orphan diseases, virus protein modeling, and software development for computational drug discovery.
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the School of Veterinary Medicine, Louisiana State University